In the new house, we have an island of plants and bark much in the front. This spring we had some flowers put in to spruce up the place a little bit. I have been the chief gardener and the kids have had great fun making fun of me that I have become an old man taking care of his flowers. Well, the other day I was pulling weeds and I kneeled down on the grass so I could reach in and pull some weeds. Unbeknown to me, I had placed my right knee next to a fire ant hole. In a few minuets, they were biting me all down my lower leg and calf because they were exposed since I was wearing shorts. What was even worse was that while I was getting them off my lower leg some of them crawled up my leg and started to bit me on my thigh and up to my underwear line. I had bites all up and down the backside of my thigh. This made sitting difficult that day but the next day I had to go to work and wear long pants. My thigh was swollen and it made sitting almost impossible.
In my pain at work that morning, I even cried out to God and asked, “Why in the world did you make fire ants????” Well God answered me immediately. He told me it was a direct result of sin coming in to the world. Please read Genesis 3 especially the result for man.
The Temptation and Fall of Man
1 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent:
“ Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
16 To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“ Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
God created fire ants as a curse for man so he will remember his sin and remember God who saved him from his sin. I learned a good lesson but I wish it did not hurt so much.